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Synaptics, Valeo to develop technology to control automotive touchscreen more easily

ABR Staff Writer Published 02 February 2016

Synaptics and Valeo have partnered to develop a technology, which intends to make it easier to control an automotive touchscreen.

The automotive solution combines capacitive touch, ClearForce force sensing technology and haptic feedback.

Synaptics said the move will enable drivers and passengers to more safely control common and emerging cabin applications with the touch of a finger, various fingers, and variable force of one or more fingers on a touchscreen.

Synaptics senior director of product marketing for smart display division John Brady said: "Leveraging Synaptics' ClearPad ClearForce touch and force sensing technology in a single chip, this automotive solution represents new dimensions in vehicle user interfaces.

"We are very pleased to be working with a leader like Valeo on new human interface innovations for automobiles and look forward to building on this key relationship."

Synaptics provides a portfolio of vehicle specific solutions in line with consumer electronics human interface innovation.

The company claims that its touch controllers, display drivers, and biometric sensors are ideal for the automotive industry and will be deployed in several locations across the vehicle.

France-based Valeo provides a range of products to auto manufacturers and after-markets.

The company has a presence in 29 countries, employing 81, 800 people at 136 production sites, 16 research centers, 34 development centers and 15 distribution platforms.